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Google launches Drive update for iOS 8, starts using TouchID

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Google Drive has received an update for iOS 8, which includes security and optimization features. Chief among them is Drive’s new ability to utilize the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Drive can now use Touch ID to unlock the contents of your cloud storage adding another level of security to your documents and files. Read more »

Opera Mini 9 for iOS brings video compression to eliminate buffering

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With dropping prices for mobile data and faster speeds with increasing LTE coverage, Opera Mini and its compression technology has been fading in recent years. Opera is still kicking around though and it just released Mini version 9 for iOS with what the team thinks is a compelling feature – video compression.

Currently 53% of the global mobile data is taken up by streaming videos, so it’s a big market. Read more »

Google updates Maps for iOS and Android with Material Design, built-in restaurant reservations

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The latest Google app to get its Material Design makeover is Maps. The search giant has announced the redesigned app for both Android and iOS, with the rollout going on “over the next few days”.

According to Google, Material Design brings with it brighter colors and a fresh look that creates surfaces and shadows that mimic the real world, while layers and buttons “come to life” so you know just where to touch to get directions or recommendations. Read more »

Dropbox and Microsoft will let you edit Office files from the Dropbox app, access Dropbox from Office

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Dropbox and Microsoft have announced that they’ve teamed up to make your mobile productivity experience better on iOS and Android. Soon the Dropbox app will work with Microsoft’s Office apps for the aforementioned platforms, and viceversa.

You’ll be able to edit Office files from the Dropbox app as well as sync changes across your devices. All edits will be automatically saved to your Dropbox. Read more »

Google reportedly working on cross-platform local file sharing service

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Google appears to have a cross-platform local file sharing service on the way. Dubbed Copresence, the upcoming offering will reportedly be a cross between Apple AirDrop and Android Beam.

Copresence will allow iOS and Android users to exchange a plethora of information that includes files, messages, photos, and directions among others. Read more »

BBM gets Timed Messages and Message Retraction across platforms

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BlackBerry’s Messenger app has received an update today, which brings with it two new features. Timed Messages allows you to set a timer when sending a message. When that expires, the message you sent will disappear from the BBM chat.

With Message Retraction, you can ‘take back’ something you sent – after the fact. The message disappears from the chat for the person you sent it to as soon as you retract it. Read more »

Google Now and Siri beat Cortana at answering tough questions

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Now that all three major mobile platforms have their own personal assistants, we’re all wondering how well each of them performs at different tasks. The latest study doesn’t look good for Cortana, Microsoft’s attempt in this space.

This particular test is all about tough questions. Google Now, Siri, and Cortana were all asked difficult things, through a random question generator created by two developers. Read more »

Google Wallet update brings material design and automatic bank transfers

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Google Wallet has been updated with several nice features. One of them is the option to set up a recurring bank transfer to automatically add funds to your Wallet account.

You can set up the recurring bank transfer on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis and cancel it any time. Google says that there are no fees or minimum balance requirements for the automatic transfer. If your balance gets low, you can set an alert to remind you to add funds. Read more »

Microsoft Band goes official with ten sensors and $199 price tag

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The freshly leaked Microsoft Band is now official and will work with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. Redmond’s wearable device is made for the right hans, packs ten sensors, and will cost $199 when it hits the shelves on October 30 online and in Microsoft stores in the United States.

Microsoft Band’s sensors allow it to measure heart rate, stress levels, and UV exposure among others. Read more »

‘Republique’ for iOS and Android game review

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Republique is a stealth game that was released on iOS earlier late last year. The game was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It features an episodic format that is gaining popularity these days and so far three out of the five episodes have been released.

The developers released the Android version of the game along with the third episode for both the platforms. I missed the game when it was released on iOS earlier but now that it’s out on Android it seems like a good time to take a look at it. So read on to find out more. Read more »

‘RETRY’ for iOS and Android game review

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RETRY is the latest game from Rovio. The game has often been mistakenly been compared to Flappy Bird, despite the two having very little in common.

RETRY puts you in the cockpit of an out of control airplane that you have to guide through a series of obstacles to reach the finish line. Everything about the game suggests that it’s going to be difficult, so let’s see how difficult it really is. Read more »

Apple iPad mini 3 gets a poor repairability score from iFixit

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After picking the iPad Air 2 apart, the team at iFixit focused its attention of the iPad mini 3. Like its predecessor, the latest compact slate from Cupertino received the poor repairability score of 2.

The iPad mini 3’s identical repairability score with that of last year’s model should hardly catch anyone by surprise. Read more »

Rockstar starts Grand Theft Auto III, San Andreas and Vice City sale

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Rockstar Games is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and is offering San Andreas, Vice City and the original GTA III with a big discount. The deal is available for iOS and Android through both the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore.

The mobile version of GTA III launched in 2011 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PC version and later in 2012 Rockstar released GTA: Vice City, again to celebrate its 10th birthday. Read more »

UPDATED: Apple iPad Air 2: will it bend?

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“The iPhone 6 Plus bends in your pocket!” This sort of titles are still fresh in our minds and now more Apple products have launched – the new iPads. So, will the super-thin Apple iPad Air 2 bend? You can probably guess the answer but someone recorded the test on video to the tune of €490 (at least I’m hoping he wasn’t using a 64GB iPad for this).

The video is 1 minute and 5 seconds long – that’s €7.54 a second! Read more »

Pixelmator now available on the iPad for $4.99

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Popular image editing application for OS X – Pixelmator – was announced for the iPad back at the iPad Air 2 launch event. The app is now available on the App Store and can be purchased for $4.99.

Pixelmator on OS X is a full fledged image creation and editing application. It can do most of the things that you can with Photoshop but at a fraction of the cost. But most importantly, it is beautifully made and works seamlessly with the OS as if it’s a native app. Read more »